Rally of Three aims to remind all passers-by what is at stake
BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – It has been a month since Russia began invading Ukraine, and residents of central Oregon have gone out of their way to help. Bake sales, auctions, rallies and other fundraisers have proven that anyone can support a cause, even from thousands of miles away.
However, when the month-long anniversary arrived on Thursday, it was a business as usual in downtown Bend.
But a group of friends challenged the idea of ”normalcy” and gathered at the corner of Greenwood Avenue and Wall Street, in what became known as “Peace Corner” after years of protests and rallies, as a remembrance. A reminder of the enduring horrors of the Russian invasion.
Diana Shamusco, a Sunriver resident, was one of three people standing on the corner Thursday holding signs and Ukrainian flags. She says rallying for the embattled country is just as important now as it was a month ago.
“We just want to make sure people remember it,” Shamusco told NewsChannel 21. “Because our lives are normal and their lives have been turned upside down. We have to remember that there are people out there who are being attacked.”
Wanting to further raise awareness, the trio say it’s easy to forget what’s happening on the other side of the world.
“It’s easy to sit in my living room and think, ‘Oh, I feel so sorry for these people, and you know – I’m just sitting comfortably with my cup of coffee or my tea, reading the newspaper or watching the TV Shamusco said. “But we have to keep that alive, and doing small things can help build bigger things.”
Despite being a small group, the community took notice. The sound of horns and people cheering from their car windows filled the downtown intersection.
None of the three have ties to Ukraine – just an understanding of what’s at stake. Bob Bowden from Bend says he wants to protect democracy and people’s lives.
“I have kids, I have grandkids, I’m part of a community 00 and I want people to have choices, I want freedom to be there,” he said. “And so I will stand and continue to collect myself.”
To show small actions, e.g. B. Standing on a corner with homemade signs can make a big difference.
“I think it’s really important not to let it get off the front and center,” Bowden said. “Let’s stand up for freedom and stand up for the people of the world.”